Well, I had a terrific time at the Culture box readings yesterday. Many thanks to Sinéad MacAodha and all at the ILE and the Culture Box & Temple Bar Cultural Trust for organising the event. Somehow I managed not to fall over and die of nerves, PLUS we ran out of chairs!!!!!(I couldn’t believe it!)
Many many thanks too, to Anne Natchke, the wonderful French woman that ILE found to read from the French version of Moorehawke. I just thought she gave an amazing reading! I only wish that I could share it with you, but though a video was shot at the event, it has such terrible sound quality it would simply not do justice to Anne’s performance. If you’d like to see her perform though, she is doing another reading soon, from Peter Cunninghams’ LA MER ET LE SILENCE on Thursday 24th of May at 6.30pm. For more details contact The Alliance Francais
The ILE had also asked that I read from my more recent work. I must say, it did feel strange to stand up and read from my next book, Resonance, as it is not due on the shelves until May of next year. I was wary of spoilers, and there had been some lip biting and humming and hawing between myself and my publishers as to which section I’d choose, but in the end I simply read the first few pages of the very first chapter. It seemed to go down very well with the audience which was a great thrill and relief! Strangely, I feel like Resonance is a real book now. As if somehow, by virtue of my having read it aloud, it’s alive and breathing whereas before it was just a phantom: something which might easily slip away from me as if I’d only dreamed it.
Yay for that!
I’d like to also thank Meave Tynan over at Yellow Brick Reads for our recent, very enjoyable chat about Moorehawke, Into the Grey, Resonance, and writing in general. Here is a small section of that interview: